Wildcats claim first win in 13-12 thriller
by David Royal
Sep 15, 2012 | 365 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland showed big-play potential, a steady passing attack and a determined ground game when each was needed Friday night as the Wildcats claimed their first victory of the season with a thrilling 13-12 victory over New Manchester.

R.J. Williams helped with all three as the Woodland star quarterback ran 66 yards for the team’s first score, hit Qua Stocks on a 25-yard pass play for a second touchdown and continued to rack up the yards late in the contest when the Wildcats needed chunks of real estate to move the chains and control the clock.

Those two touchdowns plus an extra point by Alex Heck gave Woodland all the points it would need for a huge win over the Jaguars in the matchup of two Region 5-AAAAA teams who appeared to be going in opposite directions before the game at Wildcat Stadium. Woodland bore an 0-2 record while the Jaguars had fashioned a 2-1 in the early season.

Head coach Vince DiLorenzo said the Wildcats were pleased with the win and he felt they earned it.

“They should feel like they’ve accomplished something,” he said. “I said this to them yesterday. ‘One team is going to be sad after tonight.’ I said ‘I’m tired of it being us.’ New Manchester played with class. Their coaching staff does a great job. Their kids played hard. But somebody had to lose. For the past two weeks, it’s been us. It’s sure good to be on the winning side for a change.”

The coach praised the Wildcat defensive play and the work of his defensive coaches.

“You can’t win your second one until you win your first one,” DiLorenzo said. “This was a great job by our defense. Our defensive coaches did a great job and had a great game plan.”

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